YUMA, Ariz. – On Tuesday evening, Border Patrol agents working the I-8 immigration checkpoint encountered three subjects attempting to transport fentanyl pills.
At approximately 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening, agents encountered a 2009 Ford Focus with three individuals. A Border Patrol canine alerted to the vehicle, and it was sent to secondary inspection. Agents searched the vehicle, and found a backpack located in the back seat of the vehicle containing four bags of fentanyl pills. The total weight of the pills was 2.45 pounds, and the approximate value was $33,000.
The driver, a 35-year-old female, the front seat passenger a 55-year-old male, and the rear seat passenger a 31-year-old male, were all US Citizens. The back seat passenger was arrested for possession with intent and violation of supervised release. The narcotics and vehicle were seized.
Fentanyl is an extremely hazardous substance to handle reminding the public of the dangers Border Patrol agents face daily.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.